Conference 'Race, Gender and Technology in Science-Fiction'

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The Maison Française d'Oxford will be hosting a free 4-Day International Symposium on Race, Gender and Technology in Science-Fiction from the classical period to the present.



This event is free, but lunch won't be provided to the public.

This conference is part of the 4-day event 'Transgressing Boundaries in Science-Fiction'
https://www.science-fiction-oxford-2019.com/ 

Bookings essential.

 

PROGRAMME:

 

Thursday 25 April

9.30am Coffee and welcome

10.15am Introduction/Welcome

10.30am Colonialism/Race/Politics

Chair:

10.30am Paul WEINDLING (Oxford Brookes)

'The boys from Brazil as a cloning Conspiracy'

11.00am Sascha CRASNOW (University of Michigan)
'The Surrealism of Colonialism: Larissa Sansour’s Nation Estate and In the Future They Ate From the Fonest Porcelain'

11.30am Sarah WALTCHER (Oxford University)
'Who Sleeps?: Insomnia, Identity, and Affective Labor in Sleep Science-Fiction'

12.00-1.00pm Lunch Break

1.00pm Racial Purity, Gender and the Body

Chair:

1.00-1.30pm Hélène MACHINAL (Université de Bretagne Occidentale)
'Posthuman bodies and Empowerment: reaching beyond dualism in Sci-Fi TV series'

1.30-2.00pm Khalil THIRLAWAY (Science Museum)
'Do you really get it though? Representing mixed-ancestry identities in science fiction'

Pause

3.00-3.30pm Kate FOSTER (King’s college)
'The Ambiguous Android: Building the Perfect ‘Woman’ in Villiers de l’Isle-Adam's L'Ève future'

3.30-4.00pm Chelsea HAITH (Faculty of English, Oxford)
Fully Automated Luxury Gay Space Communism: Anti-Anthropogenic Narrative in Queer Space Opera Series Wayfarers

4.00-4:30pm Barbara EGGERT (Donau-Universität)
'Back to the strip with barbarella the transmedial code of undressing from sci-fi comics to film and back again'

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Friday 26 April

9.00am Coffee

9.30am Technology and Politics

Chair:

9.30-10.00am Lu GAN (University of Bayreuth)
'Toxic Discourse and Asian speculation in Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl (2009) and Chang Rae Lee's On Such a Full Sea (2014)'

10.00-10.30am Ben GREET (University of Reading)
'Roman Motifs as Fascist Aesthetics in Star Trek: Discovery'

Pause

11.00-11.30am Nat MULLER (Birmingham City University)
'Absented Dreams: Science Fiction and Tales of Modernity and Loss in Joana Hadjithomad and Khalil Joreige's The Lebanese Rocket Society'

11.30am-12.00pm Jade HINCHCLIFFE (University of Hull)
'Surveillance, Social Sorting and science-Fiction: An Exploration of Biometrics and Race in Sabrina Vourvoulias'Ink (2012)'

12.00-1.00pm Lunch Break

1.00pm Identities, Technology and Politics: Sci-fi as Emancipation or Norm

Chair:

1.00-1.30pm Marianne KAC-VERGNE (Université de Picardie Jules Verne)
'The Black Other in the Predator franchise'

1.30-2.00pm Jessica KASJE (Yale University)
'Star Trek and the Prime Directive: Socialist Utopia for Some'

Pause

2.30-3.00pm Marit HANSON (University of Minnesota)
'The semantics of Solodarity: radical Vulnerability and Gendered Langagein Spanish Peninsular Science Fiction'

3.00-3.30 John CHRISTIE (Oxford)
'[Harari’s] Homo Deus and [John Crowley’s] Totalitopia: Historiographical and Fictional Futures'

Coffee

4.00-5.30pm Roundtable:Telling Stories about Science Fiction: Race, Gender and Authority in the Histories of the Future
Amanda REES (University of York), Iwan MORUS (Aberystwyth University),Charlotte SLEIGH (Kent), Will SLOCOMBE (Liverpool), Kanta DIHAL (University of Cambridge)

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Saturday 27 April

9.00am coffee

9.30-11.00am Roundtable: Beyond Gender

Sasha MYERSON (Birkbeck College), Amy BUTT (University of Reading), Katie STONE (Birkbeck College),Rachel HILL (Goldsmiths, University of London), Tom DILLON (Birkbeck College)

 
 

Scientific Committee:
Simon Bréan (Université Paris Sorbonne), Paul Edwards (MFO, CNRS/LARCA, Université Paris Diderot), Elodie Grossi (MFO, UVSQ), Thomas Lacroix (MFO,CNRS), Iwan Morus (Aberystwyth University), Vivien Prigent (MFO, CNRS), Amanda Rees (University of York), Marie Thébaud-Sorger (MFO, CNRS)

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